Mapping the Gender Gap

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Despite progress in establishing equal rights for women, the gender gap persists. In more than 170 countries, women still lack the same rights, protections, and liberties as men. (Nat Geo News)

Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map on women’s representation in parliament to get an idea of what nations are closing part of the gender gap.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit—there are some great lists here today.

Today's MapMaker Interactive map uses our "women in parliament" layer. The layer (based on data from 2013) displays the percentage of women in a nation's parliament. If a nation has two houses of parliament, the information is based on representation in the lower house of parliament. The lower house of parliament usually wields more power in government. The United States has two legislative houses as part of Congress. The House of Representatives is the lower house of Congress. The Senate is the upper house.

Today’s MapMaker Interactive map uses our “women in parliament” layer. The layer (based on data from 2013) displays the percentage of women in a nation’s parliament. If a nation has two houses of parliament, the information is based on representation in the lower house, which usually wields more power in government.

Discussion Ideas

  • Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive, which displays the percentage of women in a nation’s lower house of parliament or legislature. What is a parliament?
    • A parliament, or legislature, is a democratic government’s decision-making body. A parliament or legislature is often a group of representatives (elected or appointed) who are responsible for making laws and other public policy.
    • Some governments are unicameral, meaning there is only one house of parliament. Some governments are bicameral, meaning there are two houses. The United States has a bicameral legislature. The House of Representatives is the lower house of Congress. The Senate is the upper house.

 

 

 

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT
Note: All data is 2015 except Nat Geo’s map layer, which is 2013.

Nat Geo: The Persistent Global Gender Gap in 5 Maps

Nat Geo: Where are women serving in parliament? (map)

The Inter-Parliamentary Union: Women in national parliaments

Center for American Women and Politics: Current Numbers of Women Officeholders

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership: Current Woman Leaders

Wikipedia: Women in the U.S. Senate

Center for American Women and Politics: Statewide Elected Executive Women

Center for American Women and Politics: Women Mayors in U.S. Cities

Center for American Women and Politics: High-Level Appointments by President Obama

Center for American Women and Politics: Women on the U.S. Supreme Court

World Policy Analysis Center: Closing the Gender Gap: Maps

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